Senator Jake Flake of Arizona was a founding board member of State Agriculture and Rural Leaders and an attendee at every Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit. Senator Flake served as host and for 2006 Summit, held in Tempe, Arizona. As a state legislator since 1997, Jake served as Speaker of the House in 2003-2004 and was elected to the Senate in 2005 where he chaired the Natural Resources and Rural Affairs committee. Senator Flake was one of the Legislature's last cowboys, running cattle on his family's F Bar Cattle Co. his entire life. In recognition of his lifelong commitment to agriculture and his dedication to SARL and its mission, the Board has created the Jake Flake Memorial Travel Scholarship.
This award will provide travel funds for a first time attendee to the Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit. Nominees must be an active or retired rancher or farmer in the legislature and be an advocate for agriculture and rural community issues. To be considered for the award, a legislator must be on the agriculture committee, the committee that oversees rural development or in chamber leadership. SARL members and chamber leadership are encouraged to nominate fellow legislators for this prestigious honor.
To apply or nominate someone for the scholarship, please submit a nomination form, available for download here.